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Our training programmes aim to equip and empower you as a carer.

Training is very important for carers for a number of reasons.

It provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to care safely. It helps maintain your wellbeing and can prevent you from becoming ill yourself. It can also help reduce feelings of isolation and provide an opportunity for you to do something for yourself. 

As well as running our own training courses we also aim to signpost you to other training providers so you can access training to suit your needs:
The NHS ELFT Recovery College provides training for people experiencing mental health issues and their carers. Read more about the Recovery College here.
FutureLearn provides a wide range of online courses designed by leading universities for a wide range of learners.  They have many courses that help increase your knowledge about conditions and your caring role.
"About Me: Building Resilience for Caring" is an online training package especially created for unpaid carers by Carers UK.  Click here to learn more.

Training is very important for carers for a number of reasons.

It provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to care safely. It helps maintain your wellbeing and can prevent you from becoming ill yourself. It can also help reduce feelings of isolation and provide an opportunity for you to do something for yourself. 

As well as running our own training courses we also aim to signpost you to other training providers so you can access training to suit your needs:
The NHS ELFT Recovery College provides training for people experiencing mental health issues and their carers. Read more about the Recovery College here.
FutureLearn provides a wide range of online courses designed by leading universities for a wide range of learners.  They have many courses that help increase your knowledge about conditions and your caring role.
"About Me: Building Resilience for Caring" is an online training package especially created for unpaid carers by Carers UK.  Click here to learn more.

Adapting to Caring

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

Mondays, 10.00am – 1.00pm
1-to-1 Smartphone / Tablet / Laptop training
For anyone wanting to learn new skills or to upgrade their current skills
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Tuesday 24 April, 10.30am-12.30pm 
Meet the Team 
Our Biggleswade team will be available to talk, with displays showing our services. 
Sea Cadets HQ, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL 
Fee: Free (Donations welcome) 
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Tuesday 15 May, 2.00pm –  4.00pm 
Meet the Team 
Our Bedford team will be available to talk, with displays showing our services. 
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford 
Fee: Free (Donations welcome) 
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Caring Safely

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

Wednesday 18 April, 10.00am - 11.00am Workshop; 11.00am – 12.00pm Coffee and Tasters
Relaxation for Carers
Our Relaxation Therapist will be explaining some ‘carer friendly’ techniques in the Relaxation Carers workshop.  Come for a talk, coffee and some ‘taster’ sessions.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Wednesday 9 May, 10.30am-12.30pm CANCELLED
Medication Management
Finding medication confusing? Have questions about the loved one takes? Bring your queries along.
Parkside Hall, Ampthill
Fee: Free (donations welcome)
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Monday 21st May, 10.00 – 12.00pm
Improving my sleep
Bedford
Begin to recognise unhelpful sleep cycles, and what small changes could improve your sleep.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Tuesday 22 May, 1.00-3.00pm
Sleep Workshop
Sleep is vital to keep carers safe and well.  Join the Improving Sleep workshop to learn some tested techniques for healthy sleep.
Dunstable Fire Station
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sharon Rogers – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231192

Wednesday 23 May, 1.30-3.30pm
Power of Attorney
Struggling understanding what Power or Attorney means to you and your loved one. Nigel will tell you what you need to know and take your questions.
Sea Cadets HQ, Biggleswade 
Fee: Free (Donations welcome) 
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Thursday 31 May, 10.30am-12.30pm
Facing your Fears 
A 2 hour workshop provided by a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
Sea Cadets HQ, Biggleswade
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Monday 4 June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Preventing Falls
A fall can be catastrophic.  The Preventing Falls workshop will help you prevent this happening to the person you care for.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Tuesday 5 June, 10.30am-12.30pm
Improving Sleep 
Sleep is vital to keep carers safe and well.  Join the Improving Sleep workshop to learn some tested techniques for healthy sleep.
Sea Cadets HQ, Station Road, Biggleswade
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Wed 20 June, 1.00-3.00pm
Managing Worries by ELFT
Leighton Buzzard Scout Hut
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sharon Rogers – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231192

Monday 25th June, 10.00 – 12.00pm
Improving my sleep
Bedford
Begin to recognise unhelpful sleep cycles, and what small changes could improve your sleep.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Wednesday 29th August, 10.00 – 12.00pm
Improving my sleep
Leighton Buzzard
Begin to recognise unhelpful sleep cycles, and what small changes could improve your sleep.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Understanding Conditions

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

Mental Health Conditions
NHS Recovery College
For a copy of their brochure, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ring 01234 316 708

Support4Memory Workshops
Bedford area
Contact Tibbs Dementia Foundation on 07795 177 948

2 April
Youth Mental Health: Helping Young People with Anxiety
Future Learn

Thursday 19th April, 11.00 – 3.00pm
Understanding Depression
Bedford
Join us in an informal and relaxing workshop that will provide each participant with insight into the systems of depression and the various cycles involved in the condition/illness
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Thursday 26th April, 10.00 – 12.00pm
Understanding Voices
Bedford
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Mon 30 April, 7.00 – 9.00pm
Schizophrenia Talk by Dr Middleton
Astral Park, Leighton Buzzard
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sharon Rogers – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231192

Friday 11th May, 10.30 – 12.30pm
Understanding Voices
Bedford
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Wednesday 16th May, 2.00 – 4.00pm
Understanding Autism
Bedford
Diagnosis, treatment and helpful intervention options will be explored
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Wednesday 23rd May, 1.00 – 3.00pm
Surviving Trauma
Biggleswade
This workshop aims to explore the impact traumatic events on our emotional health and wellbeing.  The workshop will focus on coping and survival strategies for managing trauma, as well as discussing reconnection with life after experiencing traumatic events.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Thursday 24th May, 10.30 – 12.30pm
Understanding Voices
Bedford
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Friday 8th June, 10.30 – 12.30
Understanding Voices
Bedford
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Wednesday 13th June, 10.00 – 12.00pm
Understanding Autism
Biggleswade
Diagnosis, treatment and helpful intervention options will be explored
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Thursday 21st June, 10.30 – 12.30pm
Understanding Voices
Bedford
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Tuesday 10th July, 10.30 – 12.30pm
Understanding Voices
Leighton Buzzard
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Tuesday 17th July, 10.30 – 12.30
Understanding Voices
Dunstable
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Monday 23rd July, 11.00 – 3.00pm
Understanding Depression
Dunstable
Join us in an informal and relaxing workshop that will provide each participant with insight into the systems of depression and the various cycles involved in the condition/illness
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Wednesday 25th July, 1.00 – 3.00pm
Surviving Trauma
Biggleswade
This workshop aims to explore the impact traumatic events on our emotional health and wellbeing.  The workshop will focus on coping and survival strategies for managing trauma, as well as discussing reconnection with life after experiencing traumatic events.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Tuesday 7th August, 10.30 – 12.30
Understanding Voices
Ampthill
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Friday 24th August, 10.30 – 12.30
Understanding Voices
Bedford
This workshop is aimed to help people who hear voices, family, friends, in the experience of voice hearing, gain knowledge and understanding about hearing voices.  The workshop offers some psychological theory into causes of voice hearing and also explores stigma, management techniques and the overall impact that hearing voices can have on a person’s life and wellbeing.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information

Wellbeing

1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 45min appointment
1-to-1 Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop training
For anyone wanting to learn new skills or to upgrade their current skills.
Venue: TBC
Fee:Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

The 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10.00am - 2.30pm
Relaxation
Trainer - Victoria Harley
Sea Cadet HQ, Biggleswade
Fee: £15.00 for 30 min or £25.00 for 60 min.
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01767 315079

Wednesday 11, 18, 25 April, 6pm for coffee, Session from 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Mindfulness and Meditation
Feeling stressed and frazzled?  The Mindfulness and Meditation sessions will teach you relaxation skills and encourage you to be mindful.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Friday 13, 20 April; 4, 11, 18 May; 1, 8 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Art for Wellbeing
Learn new skills and enjoy the company of likeminded, creative people at our Art for Wellbeing course.  You don’t have to be a skilled artist to enjoy these classes.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £35 per course; £6.00 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Thursday 19, 26 April, 3, 10, 17, 24 May, 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12 July, 10.30am-12.30pm
Art Group
Learn new skills and enjoy the company of likeminded, creative people at our Art  course.  You don’t have to be a skilled artist to enjoy these classes. 
Sea Cadets HQ, Biggleswade, SG18 8AL  
Fee: £60 per course (12 weeks) or £6.00 per session. 
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Thursday 3 May, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Singing for Carers
Singing really does you good! Hear about the wellbeing benefits of singing at the Singing for Carers workshop – and if you fancy, have a go!
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Thurs 31 May, 10.00-12.00pm
Relaxation
Our Relaxation Therapist will be explaining some ‘carer friendly’ techniques in the Relaxation for Carers workshop.  Come for a talk, coffee and some ‘taster’ sessions.
Greenfields, Leighton Buzzard
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sharon Rogers – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231192

Tuesday 5, 12, 19 June, 6pm for coffee, Session from 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Mindfulness and Meditation
Feeling stressed and frazzled?  The Mindfulness and Meditation sessions will teach you relaxation skills and encourage you to be mindful.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Wednesday 13 June, 10.00am – 12.00pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Learn ways to take practical steps to improve your wellbeing.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Thursday 21 June, 1.00-2.30pm
Financial Wellbeing 
Identifying income related benefits and exploring ways to minimise your outgoings. 
St. Nicholas Church Hall, Barton Le Clay 
Fee: Free (Donations welcome) 
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

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